It's probably not as good-natured as this.
Plexus Law is making dozens of staff redundant, with acrimony brewing over the package it is offering the "approximately 38" affected employees.
Insiders said Plexus was refusing to pay the staff all their compensation on the basis that they have been TUPE'd over to Markerstudy, a claims handler which specialises in motor insurance.
Plexus has allegedly argued that all the impacted staff are working on a contract for Markerstudy, and that Plexus therefore only needs to meet 60% of the wage bill and statutory redundancy pay, with Markerstudy responsible for the remainder.
The proposal was sufficiently unpopular that at least one employee is understood to have flagged the arrangement with ACAS.
However, Plexus has allegedly refused to take part in "early conciliatory talks" with ACAS, and a source said that "no management will attend meetings" and that "HR are nowhere to be seen in any of the three affected offices" in Halifax, Liverpool and Manchester.
A spokesperson for Plexus said the consultations "are ongoing and confidential, and we are therefore unable to comment on them at this stage", adding that "we have continued to provide the appropriate support to the affected parties throughout".
The firm rejected another source's assertion that a meeting last Thursday between Plexus CEO Olivia Roberts and the firm's fixed share partners ended with two of the partners handing in their notice after citing concerns with the firm's finances. No such meeting occurred and "no partners handed in their notice last week", the spokesperson confirmed.
Plexus Law's accounts are currently nine months overdue, but the spokesperson said the firm "is in good financial health".
A slide of evaluation metrics from Plexus Law's FSM Partners' Conference in 2019, with an interesting section highlighted. ROF is not sure why this truth bomb is freely available on the internet.
"Morale is at a new all-time low, not seen since the administration days of Parabis back in 2015", said an insider. And lo, the battle for the Golden Turd began to warm up, and the scent was overpowering.
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